Children may have their own reasons for using cell phones. It has become a status symbol and means of enjoyment too hence its desirability for one and all. It would be too demanding on the part of parents not to provide a good cell phone for their child(ren) these days as this will make them deprived of the use of the latest technology.
Studies revealed that 8 out of 10 kids use a cell phone and most of them are smart phones like iPhone or Blackberry or Android which have endless features loaded in them. Once a mobile phone falls into the hand of kids they get glued to it.
Giving too much freedom to kids may however lead to unwanted consequences. To avoid this you need to monitor the usage of your kid’s mobile. The following are a few easy cell-phone monitoring tips which will ensure the safety of your child.
Request your cell phone operator to monitor the activities of your child
You can make a personal request to the service provider to monitor the cell-phone usage of your kid. The operator may charge some premium for this and you will be provided with call logs and the duration of surfing etc. It can also show the duration of surfing but not the exact site visited.
Make rules regarding cell-phone usage
Make some rules regarding the usage of the cell phone and inform the same to your child beforehand. Clearly state all those things which you feel are right and wrong and say clearly what is expected from him or her and what not while using the cell phone. Also, tell your child which site they should visit and which not to, whom to call or send a message, which apps to use and which files should not be touched or downloaded. Loyal kids will follow this for sure. This tip is likely to work where the kids are obedient and do not misbehave. But, it is very hard to find kids who do not misbehave, and you cannot take this as cheating.
Manual self monitoring
You may ask your child to show his/her cell phone and check it manually once in a while. You should inform them about this while handing them the cell phone. The inspection should be done randomly or in a surprising manner which will ensure any misdeeds will get caught. Check all the call logs, surfing details, downloads and recently visited sites etc. This is sure to upset your child and make him feel that their privacy is being invaded. But let them know that you are doing this as you are concerned about his/her safety.
Get a reliable cell-phone monitoring app on your kid’s cell phone
Perhaps the best way to track almost everything you want to know about your child’s activities is by installing a mobile monitoring software like mSpy on your kid’s phone. Once this spying software is installed, you can not only monitor all the activities of your kid on phone, but can also find out the exact location of your child. Furthermore, you can also view all downloads and uploads that are carried on your kid’s mobile.